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You may not have heard of Coolangatta. I had never heard of it before, until I met an Aussie girl from there. She described to me how she’d spend days at the beach, swimming in the clear waters and watching the pro surfers. I knew that I had to check it out when I made it to Australia.
Probably most famous for hosting the Quicksilver and Roxy Pros, Coolangatta is a pretty small surf town with amazing views. It is the kind of place I imagine when I think of Australia; shoes are optional, surfers and skateboarders are everywhere and the beaches are to die for. So here is my 72 hours in Coolangatta.
Pack for the Heat
If you are thinking of heading to Coolangatta, pack for the heat. I got here in summer, so granted it is probably the hottest time of the year, but from what I gather it is hot all year round. Like, crazy hot. Make sure you pack your swimmers and your sunscreen. I bought flip-flops with me, but honestly I probably needn't of bothered, I haven’t been in shoes most of my time here, unless it was too hot to walk bare foot!
Learn to Surf With the Pros
Coolangatta is known for surfing and it’s word class surf breaks at Duranbah (D’bah). So it is kind of a must to try surfing while your there. Luckily for me, I had a friend who lives in Coolangatta, and conveniently is a great surfer! But if you don’t have your own personal surf teacher, check out Coolangatta Learn to Surf for lessons.
Take in the Views at Point Danger
You have to pay a visit to Point Danger Lookout, just for the views if nothing else. It is truly beautiful. Point Danger was named by James Cook and is also where Queensland borders New South Wales. There is the Captain Cook memorial and the lighthouse, and make sure you check out the love locks on the surrounding fence too!
Enjoy Breakfast and Art by the Sea
Opposite Point Danger memorial is ‘Cafe D'bar’. Definitely make a stop off here to fuel up before you get down to the beach or explore Rainbow Bay. They do amazing juices and delicious breakfasts. As well as the amazing views across the road, you can check out the local art inside too.
Go For a Skate Next to the Ocean
I love skateboarding, so we grabbed some boards and went for a ride around Rainbow Bay. There’s some great trails with gorgeous views of the ocean. Even if you don't skate, take a walk around the beach trails; the scenery is breathtaking.
Grab a Juice From Garden Fresh Cafe
If you head into town, make sure you check out the Garden Fresh Cafe, on Griffith Street. These guys do the best juices and they are super friendly. Not only do you get a juice, but you also get a stack of fresh fruit. I got the ‘Pure Indulgence’, which was delicious and reasonably priced at $6.50.
Get On Your Bike
I love cycling around places when I am new to town. It’s a great way to explore and take everything in, having fun at the same time. Again, I was lucky because we were able to borrow bikes from friends. If you don't know anyone with a bike you can hire some from Bike Hire Gold Coast.
Flex On The Beach
I once did pilates on the beach in Portugal and it was amazing. There is something so relaxing about stretching and working out on the beach. I headed to Kirra beach with some friends and we gave it a go ourselves, thinking we knew what we were doing because we had each taken a yoga class once! If you are in Coolangatta on a Saturday you can go to a class at Rainbow Bay with Ocean Love Yoga.
Have Dinner at Bread ’n’ Butter
Bread ’n’ Butter is in Kirra. It's one of my favourite spots to get some food. It's only open in the evenings, but once you’ve worked up an appetite exploring and maybe getting some yoga in, it is definitely worth the wait. It is a really cool place with a great atmosphere and the food is awesome too. They only do tapas and pizza, but it is so yummy. On a Wednesday they have live music and pizzas for $16.
Relax With a Sunset at Snapper Rocks
After a long day adventuring, chilling on the beach and watching the sun go down is a great way to end the day. The view from Point Danger is amazing, but if you walk down to Snapper Rocks you can watch the surfers catching waves in the last bit of daylight and catch a beautiful sunset.
Lauren, also known as Pops, has been travelling and chasing adventures for almost three years now. Her travels have seen her; working and road-tripping across America, snowboarding in Canadian mountains and more recently, she has been exploring Australia.